Scenic Area Car-Free Transport Options

Want to do your part to help take care of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area? A great way to minimize your impact is to carpool or travel car-free via public transportation. Visiting the Gorge on public transportation is easier than ever. Check out these options below and get familiar with what services apply to your needs.

Columbia Gorge Express

The Columbia Gorge Express offers daily bus service between Portland, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, OR.

In summer months (May-September), there is a free Columbia Gorge Express shuttle from Rooster Rock State Park ($5 day use fee per vehicle). 

Hood River CAT 

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) provides bus service in Hood River and connects to other regional centers including The Dalles, Cascade Locks, Parkdale, and Portland. View the CAT transport schedules:

The Forest Service Hood River Office stop is called “Waucoma Center” and is along CAT’s Hood River route. The bus stops in front of the Forest Service building.

Skamania County Transit & Dog Mountain Shuttle

Check the Skamania County Transit schedule and routes for information about travel along SR-14 in WA and for information about the seasonal Dog Mountain Shuttle on weekends:

Mt Adams Transit 

Mt Adams Transit (MAT) will take folks across the bridge to and from Hood River, OR and White Salmon/Bingen, WA for $1 each way (passengers aged 12+). Buses run Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm. Bike Friendly.  

View a printable schedule White Salmon/Bingen to Hood River.


Portland Tri-Met maps show all the places people can get to from Gateway Center: select options to find relevant schedules and plan your visit.

View from Wauna Viewpoint looking east March 2015.